TGIF Ottawa, The Great India Festival
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The Great India Festival (TGIF) is a preeminent organization that aims to promote and develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the multicultural splendor and heritage of India among Canadians. Their vision is to offer visitors and residents of the National Capital Region a world-class opportunity to experience and learn about the traditions, culture, and heritage of India. TGIF achieves this mission through a variety of engaging activities and programs.
They showcase high-quality Indian music and dance performances, and offer interactive and participatory programs that entertain and educate about Indian culture and heritage. Additionally, they serve nutritious and tasty authentic ethnic food from different regions of India and organize workshops on wellness, yoga, meditation, music, arts, dance, and cooking. TGIF has become a landmark event in the Nation's Capital, hosting over 300 music, dance, and performing art shows, along with 200+ workshops and 100 art exhibits.
They have gained sponsorship support from over 100 organizations and have provided a platform for numerous budding and established Canadian talented artists. Recognized as one of the top 40 cultural festivals in North America, TGIF has achieved remarkable success and popularity. They have even conducted a successful virtual event during the 2020 pandemic crisis, with 12,000 patrons participating and many artists performing to support the festival.
TGIF is highly valued by the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, who provide grants to support their activities. With their extensive reach, TGIF has been able to attract eminent artists from India and has appeared on popular international television channels, reaching millions of worldwide audiences. By attending the Great India Festival, patrons can immerse themselves in a vibrant celebration of Indian culture and traditions while fostering multicultural understanding and appreciation
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